Three days before allegedly shooting and killing a man he had been dating, a gay DeKalb high school teacher was in court facing charges of stealing $100,000 from his church.
Roy McClendon-Thompson, 42, is suspected of shooting to death James Curtis Jones, 45, early Monday during a confrontation at Jones’ apartment, according to the Dunwoody Police Department. McClendon-Thompson, who is married to another man, accused Jones of cheating on him, according to police.
McClendon-Thompson (top photo) died hours after the shooting when he crashed his car during a police chase.
McClendon-Thompson, who was a social studies teacher at McNair High School, previously worked part-time as the chief financial officer for Tabernacle Baptist Church.
A church secretary told police that McClendon-Thompson stole $103,843 from the church’s account between November 2015 and April 2018, according to an incident report filed with the Atlanta Police Department in April 2018.
“[The church secretary] stated that bank statements show [McClendon-Thompson], at different dates and times, fraudulently making cash payment to various individuals using the Cash app, making withdrawals of different sums, using bank debit cards to make transactions and inter-bank transfers to personal accounts within Bank of America accounts,” according to the report.
The church secretary said that Pastor Dennis Meredith confronted McClendon-Thompson about the theft. McClendon-Thompson told Meredith that he “will pay back/return all that was stolen with a promissory note,” according to the report.
McLendon-Thompson hid the theft by having church financial statements sent to his personal email, according to the report.
Police charged McClendon-Thompson with felony theft by taking and financial transaction card theft, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested March 21 and released from jail two days later after posting $15,000 bond.
McClendon-Thompson appeared in court on Friday about the criminal charges, according to the AJC. The next day, Jones filed a police report alleging McClendon-Thompson was sending threatening text messages.
Gerald Griggs, McClendon-Thompson’s close friend and attorney, said that bank statements would show McClendon-Thompson did not steal the money, according to WSB Radio.
On Monday, Jones was shot and killed at the Arrive Perimeter Apartments where he lived, according to the Dunwoody Police Department. Surveillance footage showed McClendon-Thompson coming and going around the time of the shooting, police said.
McClendon-Thompson fled from his Ellenwood home in his car before police could apprehend him. He crashed head-on into a commercial vehicle on Bouldercrest Road and died during the chase, police said.
Meredith told Project Q Atlanta that he didn’t feel comfortable discussing the theft, the shooting and McClendon-Thompson’s death “because it’s such a tragic situation.” Meredith added that McClendon-Thompson’s husband is a member of the church.
Photo via Fulton County Sheriff's Office